A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: ‘Cinderella’ Dies at 81; At the Time the Film Saved Disney. Also, the Surprising TV Connection to That Classic Movie

Jul 6, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Ilene Woods, who gave voice to the Walt Disney animated classic "Cinderella" when she was 18, has died at age 81, the Los Angeles Times reports.


According to the story, "Woods, a Calabasas resident, died of causes related to Alzheimer’s disease Thursday at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Canoga Park, said her husband, Ed Shaughnessy, the former longtime drummer on Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show.’ "

The surprising TV connection to the movie that most people don’t realize is that the singing of Prince Charming in "Cinderella" was done by the late Mike Douglas, who later became a popular longtime syndicated TV talk show host. William Edward Phipps did the dialogue for the Prince in the film, the article says.

In the article, well-known animation expert Charles Solomon praised Wood’s performance in the movie and says, " ‘"Cinderella’ was a very important film for Walt Disney because his animated films hadn’t been doing well after the war and ‘Cinderella’ was kind of a last chance he had. He needed a hit on the scale of ‘ Snow White.’ He gambled everything on ‘Cinderella.’ It was a huge hit when it came out, and it really did save the studio.’ "

"Cinderella" was first released in 1950.


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